Which One Do You Prefer?

Decorating By GeminiCake Updated 1 Jul 2010 , 7:47pm by TexasSugar

GeminiCake Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:08pm
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Heating core vs. baking strips. I currently use baking strips, but want to know if the heating core would be better.

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Molly2 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:15pm
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I think it depends on who you ask I perfer the baking strips but I know a lot of people also like the heating core

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Jamielc Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:21pm
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I don't use either, I use a flower nail.

Doug Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:22pm
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I do both -- except for my heating core I use the upside down flower nail trick.

Cindy619 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:23pm
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I agree - flower nail!

2SchnauzerLady Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:27pm
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I use the flower nail - I've used 2 nails on the big cakes.

leah_s Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:32pm
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I don't use either.

tesso Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:35pm
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i have never needed to use either of those.. icon_confused.gif and I make some large cakes. maybe it is the type of cake..hmmm

indydebi Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:43pm
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I'm a baking strip girl. Never even contemplated using a heating core for the silly-simple reason that I didn't want to deal with a big 'ole hole in my cake.

TexasSugar Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:16pm
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Originally Posted by Doug


I do both -- except for my heating core I use the upside down flower nail trick.

I do both as well. They both work along the same principal.

The basic idea is that metal is a heat conductor.

The bake even strips keep the outside of the pan cooler longer, so that part cooks slower rather than cooking faster than the center.

The heating core or flower nail, helps the middle of the cake cook faster since it is pulling heat into that area.

Both are suppose to allow the cake to cook more eveningly across the board, thus giving you a flater cake.

Since the flower nail only leaves a small hole in the cake I use it for all cakes 8in and above. I love it with my 8x3 in pan.

Peridot Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:26pm
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I use baking strips and flower nails. have great results using both. Maybei t's over kill but it works for me. I had hubby cut off tips of the flower nails so that they don't stick out above the height of the pan - makes it much easier when I remove cakes from the pans.

nanahaley Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:33pm
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I use the strips and the flower nail. I have never used the core because I don't want a big hole in my cake.

artscallion Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:34pm
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I also use strips plus flower nail in every cake, even 6". Unless I'm going to be spakling. Then I want the dome so I can have trimmings to make the spackle with.

Joshua_Alan Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:46pm
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Just started using the strips along with the flower nail and I love them. Can't believe I ever even tried baking a cake without them.

Marianna46 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:46pm
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I use the baking strips and they've worked admirably for me. On the other hand, I've never baked any extremely large cakes, except in a gigantic sheet cake pan I have that never needs it (I have no idea why it bakes so well, but it does!). The day I do, I'll probably use the strips with my flower nails.

ChRiStY_71 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:56pm
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What brand of baking strips do you use? I have been meaning to get some and try them out.

Joshua_Alan Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:57pm
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I use the Wilton ones.

TexasSugar Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 7:47pm
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